Francesco Mastalia set out on the winding roads of the Hudson Valley, driving more than 17,000 miles with a large format
wooden camera, and an idea to photograph the individuals at the helm of the growing sustainable, local food movement. To date, he has photographed over 100 farmers and chefs in his photo-documentary series, organic.The work in this series eloquently blends the contemporary subject matter, organic/sustainable farming, with the historic photographic process of wet plate collodion. The wet plate collodion process dates back to 1851 and Mastalia refers to the method as “part alchemy and part art.” The process of taking and developing pictures on glass plates has remained relatively unchanged since its inception much like the time-honored traditions of the farmers he photographed.
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